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  • Blog
    Fri, 16 Sep 2016
    ArticleA Service of Another Kind

    If someone were to ask you to define military service in America, you might conjure up images of tough soldiers and marines running into battle in some far flung country; a navy sailor on a submarine, quietly waiting as an enemy vessel passes close by; a pilot being pushed back into their seat by inhuman amounts of pressure as they... more...

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  • Blog
    Fri, 9 Sep 2016
    ArticleThe Road From Lamp Shade to Helmet

    Marine Corps take the wheel, Take it from my hands, ‘Cause I can’t take this student loan, I’m letting go, So give me rank of Lance, Save me from this road I’m on, Marine Corps take the wheeeeel. ~ (with apologies to Carrie Underwood) In 2007 I was a college senior living off campus in my rugby... more...

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  • Blog
    Thu, 1 Sep 2016
    ArticleWhat Does it Mean to Serve?

    At first, when asked the question, “What does it means to serve,” it sounds similar to, “Why did you join the military?” “Serving” never occured to me. Escape did.  I wanted to get out of Stroudsburg, the Poconos and away from the shitty little town I grew up in. In addition, I may have developed... more...

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  • Blog
    Sun, 21 Aug 2016
    ArticleWe Want to See Other People

    Dear Reader, Don’t worry, Service Together isn’t breaking up with you. Let us explain. If you’re reading this blog, you probably already know about Service Together. Perhaps you attended one of our veteran-civilian dialogues; maybe you joined us for a service project at Ronald McDonald House; or maybe you heard about... more...

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  • Blog
    Sun, 26 Jun 2016
    ArticleSuicide Monologue

    (Part I of 2) One steamy night in the summer of 1969, at Marble Mt. Air Base near Da Nang in Viet Nam, a rocket exploded near me and I died. There was screaming, explosions, dust, smoke, chaos; I had no torn flesh, no blood in the dust, but I died. My flesh did not die but I had shattered. In death, I became a ghost. In life, a shadow.... more...

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  • Blog
    Sun, 26 Jun 2016
    ArticleSuicide Monologue

    (Part 2 of 2) A friend suggested I read "Gestalt Therapy Verbatim" by Fritz Perls. I did and my intuition flowered. Perls said to look at those things we avoid for growth. He said to do dreamwork. I was consumed by nightmares. There was far more war in my sleep than I had experienced in Viet Nam. The battles in my sleep became... more...

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  • Blog
    Thu, 19 May 2016
    ArticleThe Universal Feminism of Caregiving And Other...

    (Part 1 of 4) Some months ago, I found myself sitting at a conference table with many well dressed, important people who work in veterans’ services. We were gathered together to provide feedback and guidance on a national campaign to retell the stories of veterans, with an emphasis on bridging the military-civilian divide. The... more...

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  • Blog
    Thu, 19 May 2016
    ArticleThe Universal Feminism of Caregiving And Other...

    (Part 2 of 4) A couple years ago, my husband and I recorded our story as part of the Military Voices initiative at Storycorps. On a cold September morning we sat in a tiny sound booth in the middle of Foley Square and spoke to each other about the last five years of our lives. It was a painful, hour long conversation that sprang from the... more...

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  • Blog
    Thu, 19 May 2016
    ArticleThe Universal Feminism of Caregiving And Other...

    (Part 4 of 4) It is not surprising that even within veterans’ spaces, it is difficult to find the voices of spouses and caregivers. We are bad at telling women’s stories on their own terms. (Ask female veterans how they think they are portrayed in the media.) The majority of military-spouses are women. Caregiving is largely... more...

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  • Blog
    Thu, 19 May 2016
    ArticleThe Universal Feminism of Caregiving And Other...

    (Part 3 of 4) Four months later, in March, my husband was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. (He received a job offer the day after his diagnosis. Sometimes life is funny like that.) In the midst of treatment we received a call from our local Storycorps associate letting us know that NPR wanted to use our story on Weekend... more...

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